Provision of Menstrual Products

Status

New

Policy statement

Boards of education provide menstrual products to all students who may require them. Boards must have policies and procedures regarding the provision of menstrual products in their schools.

Rationale or purpose of policy

Every student in British Columbia should have access to healthy and effective learning environments. The school system is expected to promote gender equality and create an inclusive learning experience. Lack of access to menstrual products can negatively impact students’ school attendance and their social-emotional well-being. Providing all students with convenient access to free menstrual products helps to support their full participation in school activities, reduces stigma and promotes gender equality.

Authority

See School Act (PDF) - Sections 85(2)(a), 88(1), and 168(2)(t)

See Support Services for Schools Order (PDF) (M149/ 89)

Policy in full

Boards of education must provide menstrual products to all students who may require them. Relevant product information should be made available to all students.

Boards of education must have policies and procedures regarding the provision of menstrual products in their school to ensure products are provided in an equitable and accessible manner that addresses student needs. These policies and procedures must be made publicly available.

Procedures related to policy

Local policies and procedures for the provision of menstrual products must incorporate student feedback and should be evaluated to ensure they meet student needs.

Menstrual products must be made available in school washrooms to students of all gender identities and expressions using delivery methods that:

  • Are free of charge
  • Protect privacy
  • Are barrier free and easily accessible
  • Are consistent in delivery and availability
  • Are non-stigmatizing